Just heard from Ancre.fr announcing their latest releases. It’s nice to see new titles, even after Mr. Hubert Berti’s passing. Of course, most of the books are non-english titles. These include a 478-page French directory of French Merchant Ships from 1848 to 1871; a couple books in Italian/French on nautical nomenclature; a book on building and maneuvering lateen rigged ships and boats – that will be nice to see in English, but is currently only in French and Italian; and a Spanish version of the monograph on the Hermione (already available in English).
The one that stands out most, is a new English language version of the monograph of the French light frigate Aurore of 1697 by Jean-Claude LEMINEUR.
This work includes 31 plates, which I assume means 31 sheets of plans, in 1/48 scale, with a price of 115 €. A 20-sheet set of plans are available separately in 1/36 scale for 90 €.
This is a beautiful looking ship, and it’s nice to see a detailed monograph on small ship of this period. Ω
Today, someone pointed out in a ship modeling newsletter that there is a new manufacturer of model paints called True North Precision Enamels. The Maine based company is making a complete line of oil based enamel paints, and It appears that BlueJacket Shipcrafters is in the works to start carrying the new brand of paints (As of this date, these don’t seem to appear on their online shop).
The color selection is a bit limited yet, but there appear to be plans to fill out a line of 5 series of colors that includes:
- Federal Standard 595B and C Matching Colors
- World War 2 Military Colors
- Modern Military Colors
- Non-Military, Automotive, Figure and Mixing Colors
- Metal Effects
I haven’t tried the new paints out myself yet, though I just ordered a sample of colors. But, the paint series is being created by modelers (both founders are modelers) for modelers. So, this should be some good news for modelers of all kinds. Ω
Last week, I got my latest order of engraved brass nameplates for a couple of my completed models. I don’t recall where I’ve ordered from previously, but I thought I’d post a plug for this little shop in Plymouth, Michigan.
The shop is called the Engraving Connection and it’s apparently a little place that has a website, making it easy to order from them. I’m sure there are others you can find out there, but I’ve been very happy with the plates I’ve gotten from them, as well as their service, and I thought some readers here might appreciate the suggestion of a source for brass nameplates.
I use the nameplates I get from this shop to put on my model display bases and they cost me less than $20 each, shipped, and they usually arrive in about a week, though I’m sure that depends on how busy they are.
The plates shown above were ordered as 1″ x 3″ simple rectangular brass, but you can order other sizes, or request notched corners for something a little fancier. In the special instructions box, I asked to make the first line a little larger and opted for the default typeface, which I believe is Goudy.
The plates come with double-stick tape on the back, and I’ve never had a problem with them coming off. There are other options available if you so desire.
You can find them at http://www.engravecon.com.
It’s nice when you don’t have to toot your own horn because somebody else does it for you. In the latest edition of The Rope News, which is the newsletter of the Japanese ship model society in Tokyo, my friend Norio Uriu, who is the Director of International Relations for the group, did a nice little write up on me and my work on Japanese traditional boats.
I was introduced to Norio-san through ship modeler Don Dressel of the Ship Modelers Association of Fullerton, California. Don and I both built models of Woody Joe’s Higaki Kaisen kit and we exchanged a few emails about building Woody Joe kits. I built some of the other Japanese traditional boat kits, and he built a Japanese pagoda and Woody Joe’s Egyptian Sun Ship kit.
Having Norio-san as a contact in Japan, we made arrangements to meet for dinner one evening in Tokyo during my last trip to Japan. He brought along his daughter and his friend, Mr. Masami Sekiguchi, who had developed an interest in Japanese traditional boats, and who offered to help me get answers to questions I might have about them.
In any case, the writeup in the newsletter is nice, though a little embarrassing to read about myself there. You can download a copy of the whole newsletter (No 99, March 31, 2018), and find other past issues and gallery images on the english language section of The Rope’s website here: https://theropetokyo-en.jimdo.com. Ω